The Great Cookie Experiment – Vanilla Chip Cherry Cookies
I really really REALLY wanted this to be the next cookie that I add to my permanent recipe collection. You’ve got the almond cherry-like flavoring, maraschino cherries, and vanilla chips, how could this possibly be a bad thing? It can be a bad thing when the cookie texture comes out wrong because of altitude and other issues. This cookie was extraordinarily flat, and extra greasy from the butter. The white chips stood out starkly on top of the practically crepe-like cookie. The funny thing is, even though I know that the cookies were the wrong texture, that didn’t stop some of my friends from being vehemently supportive of this cookie! Two of them insisted that they were perfect and shouldn’t ever be changed. Nearly everyone loved the flavor of the cookie, and agreed that it should be adjusted and made again. The truth is, I loved the flavor of the cookie too. I just need something more to bite when I make a cookie. I’m not giving up on this one. I think the flavor combination is too good to not adjust and try again.
Fortunately, there’s a little pin going around Pinterest that shows cookie problems and what to do about them. You can find it here. According to their chart, my cookie needed more flour (Editor’s Note: Ultra Gel will fix it too. It’s just a liquid to leavening ratio issue.) That’s the first thing I’ll change, and see how it turns out.
Vanilla Chip Cherry Cookies
1 cup butter, softened
¾ cup sugar
¾ cup packed brown sugar
¼ tsp almond extract
2 ¼ cups flour
1 tsp baking soda
½ tsp salt
1 package vanilla or white chips
1 jar (10 oz) maraschino cherries, drained and chopped
Cream the butter and sugars until light and fluffy. Add eggs one at a time, beating well after each addition. Beat in extract. Combine the flour, baking soda, and salt. Gradually add to the creamed mixture and mix well. Stir in chips and cherries. Drop by rounded Tablespoonfuls 2 inches apart onto ungreased baking sheets. Bake at 350 for 10-12 minutes or until lightly browned. Remove to wire racks to cool. Makes about 4 ½ dozen.